Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW3205: Law, Testimony and Trauma
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
You will take part in developing knowledge in the field by conducting your own research project on the legal response to a traumatic event that you will choose to analyse. During lectures and seminars, you will receive guidance and support in developing both socio-legal research skills and research skills relevant to the specific academic field. Socio-legal research skills include: planning a research project; ensuring that the project addresses the research question consistently; analysing a case study from a social perspective and from a legal perspective; building a bibliography according to decolonising principles; and developing critical thinking. Research tools specific to the academic field include: learning how to listen to accounts on trauma, how to choose relevant sources in the field (academic, non-academic and artistic) and techniques of self-care, grounding and concentration using mindfulness and art.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate the ability to critically examine how legal responses to traumatic events influence society.|
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements required for a legal response to a traumatic event to be effective and empowering.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. Demonstrate the ability to critically examine the significance of legal narratives, the ways by which they are created and their influence on society.|
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how different approaches to lawyering shape legal narratives.
5. Exhibit socio-legal research skills.
|Personal and Key Skills||6. Exhibit the ability to design an independent research project.|
7. Demonstrate the ability to conduct group presentations, provide feedback and critique to your peers, and mature as a consequence of the critique and feedback you yourself receive.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of research conducted according to decolonising principles.